Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/24/12

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish arrived in Texas a star. Tuesday night against the New York Yankees, he looked like one.

Darvish, the Rangers' high-priced Japanese import, delivered the best outing of his young career, befuddling the Yankees in Texas' 2-0 victory before a sellout crowd of 47,085 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Yankees couldn't do much against Darvish, as the hard-throwing right-hander struck out a career-high 10 and allowed seven hits. Darvish (3-0) had progressively gotten better in each of his three previous starts, but he was never as dominant as he was Tuesday night.

He left with one out in the ninth inning after giving up a single to Nick Swisher. Darvish's previous longest outing was 6 1/3 innings last Thursday at Detroit.

Darvish worked out of the few jams he got into by trusting his stuff and attacking New York's veteran lineup. It was exactly the kind of start Texas envisioned in its aggressive pursuit of him.

The two-time American League champions paid a hefty price -- $111 million -- to land the Japanese phenom, believing Darvish could be the final piece in a World Series championship puzzle.

Texas has started the season looking as if it could go back to a third straight Fall Classic. The Rangers are 14-4 after bouncing back from Monday's 7-4 loss to the Yankees.

New York (10-7) couldn't catch a break, as Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus robbed Russell Martin and Alex Rodriguez of hits with spectacular plays.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (1-3) battled into the seventh inning and allowed just two runs, but he couldn't match the showing of his Japanese countryman.

The game ended with Texas closer Joe Nathan getting his fifth save with a double-play grounder on his first pitch. New York was shut out in Arlington for the first time since 2000.

The three-game series ends Wednesday night.

The much-hyped showdown between Darvish and Kuroda marked only the seventh time two Japanese-born pitchers squared off in the majors and the first since 2010. The game was broadcast nationally in Japan.

The Rangers didn't need long to get an early edge on Kuroda. Texas leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler drilled the third pitch he saw into the New York bullpen in left-center for a homer.

Darvish struggled some with his control and pitch count over his first three starts, but the 25-year-old rookie showed poise against a potent New York lineup.

After breezing through the first two innings, Darvish faced a serious trouble in the third. The Yankees loaded the bases with a single, a walk and a Darvish misread on Derek Jeter's bunt.

That's when Darvish buckled down. He struck out Curtis Granderson and induced a double play out of Rodriguez to end the threat. Darvish had six strikeouts through five innings.

Kuroda, 37, wasn't half-bad, either. Other than the Kinsler blast, Texas only managed Josh Hamilton's RBI single in the third against him.

NOTES: Third baseman Adrian Beltre returned to the Texas starting lineup after missing three games with a mild hamstring injury. ... New York is still awaiting MRI results on injured pitcher Michael Pineda's right shoulder. The pitcher and his agent have requested a second opinion. ... Scott Feldman will make a spot start for Texas in Wednesday's series finale. The former 17-game winner is needed in the rotation due to a recent rainout-forced doubleheader. ... Kinsler extended his club record with his 21st leadoff home run.

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